Our Team

Our pastoral team casts and leads the vision for every area of our church. They work with our staff and leaders to equip and empower J-Team leaders to carry out our mission and vision throughout Journey City.

Mark Johnston is the founder and lead pastor of The Journey. He and his wife Susie have two kids, Madeline and Conner. Fueled by a passion to reach unchurched people, Mark and Susie began The Journey in 2007, creating an engaging community of faith where people can experience the life-giving message of Jesus. In addition to his role at The Journey, Mark partners with the Association of Related Churches to coach pastors and leaders nationwide, providing insight on church growth, organizational structure, and leadership.


Outside of pouring his passion into ministry, Mark likes to ski, drive, play golf, and enjoys exploring new places with his family. Also, he once climbed a mountain. (If you get a chance, ask him about that – he’s always happy to describe it.)

When it comes to our structure, here’s how we operate:

We are guided
by a Lead Team

Our Lead Team serves alongside Pastor Mark to grow our vision and provide spiritual leadership to staff and leaders. They oversee day-to-day ministry and operations of the church.

We are protected by
a Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees is made up of experienced volunteer leaders who provide financial, staffing, and legal advisement to our church. They ensure accountability in financial decisions while also providing the Lead Pastor with wisdom gained from their collective experience.

We are strengthened
by Overseers

Overseers are pastors of other respected churches from around the nation who love The Journey. They provide protection for our church and act as spiritual mentors to Pastor Mark. They may be called upon to help in accountability matters regarding our staff.

Mark Johnston
Lead Pastor
Abby Ecker
Next Steps
Brad Dreibelbis
& Operations Pastor
Daryl Smith
Location Pastor
Steve Miller
Code Red
Andrea Beemler
Kids Pastor
James Copeland
Location Pastor